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Tackling Difficult Tasks

Tackling Difficult Tasks

Faced with a mind-numbing, overwhelming destroyer-of-time task, you may have a feeling there is a better way. You just haven't found it yet.

Long-winded tasks are often accompanied by a long list of instructions or a lengthy in-person conversation. Use these to your advantage. Skip to the end to get an understanding of what you're aiming for, then see what is needed from the beginning to reach it.

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The era of problem-solving generalists
The era of problem-solving generalists

From an era of specialized workers having expertise in one particular activity, the professional world has slowly moved towards problem-solving generalists. Workers are asked to don different hats and do more with fewer resources, and without specialized training.

HR consulting firms see the rise of hybrid jobs when two or more positions are combined to be performed by one individual.

The pursuit of mastery

Mastery, once a sought-after attribute, is falling out of favour, according to the 2016 World Economic Forum report, and is slowly clearing the field for employees who can:

  • Have a diverse set of skills.
  • Can display the mental agility to switch between tasks.
  • Are able to pivot towards a new problem or activity.
  • Can take on a variety of roles at a short notice.
Expertise decline consequences

With the value of true expertise in serious decline, and the economy evolving towards a different set of requirements from employees, the impact on college education, career paths, worker safety, employability and even the nature of work is going to be profound.

Beginner's Luck
Beginner's Luck

Beginner's luck does not actually exist. Most of the time the beginner has a similar skill that aids them.

Or the novice could be new to the task, but have tried it before and failed repeatedly.

Anything Is Possible For The Beginner

To the beginner, anything Is possible. They are not blocked by experience and are willing to try out many possibilities and solve problems creatively.

The expert has narrowed down the possibilities and can become too comfortable with their own perspectives.

Experts Break Under Pressure

When you are good at something, you're under pressure to perform at your level.

A novice doesn't particularly care how they perform and doesn't feel any pressure to perform.

Boredom sparks creativity
Boredom sparks creativity

Boredom is one of the most important factors in creativity. Boredom is a productive state as long as you don't let it get to you.

Agatha Christie said there is nothing like boredom to make you write. Neil Gaiman advises aspiring writers to let themselves get so bored that the mind has nothing better to do than tell itself a story.

Our mind when we're bored

When we're bored, two key things are happening in our minds: One is a 'desire bind' where someone wants to do something but not anything that's on offer. The other is when your mind is itching to be engaged.

Don't fill the void

Our first instinct when we experience some boredom is to fill it with Netflix lists, Instagram feeds, and TikTok videos. Riding out this boredom is vital though.

Boredom is not in itself creative. It's what it leads to that is significant. In the gap of boredom, you're motivated to look for something else, and there's a real chance you'll discover something new.